Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had to recall another 7,800+ Jeeps that were found affected by a widely reported vulnerability allowing hackers to wirelessly seize control of the car. The carmaker recalled 2015 model of Jeep Renegade sports utility vehicle with a 6.5-inch touchscreen. It turned out that more than 50% of them were not yet sold.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles explained that the campaign involving radios (different from those implicated in a similar recall) was designed to protect connected vehicles from hacking and pointed out that interference to their work constitutes a criminal act. The company has already taken measures to prevent the vehicle hack exposed in recent media reports. Those measures did not require any customer or dealer actions while blocking remote access to certain car systems.

The carmaker claimed it was unaware of any injuries related to this software bug, nor was it aware of any related complaints, warranty claims or accidents (not taking into account recent media demonstrations). Fiat Chrysler Automobiles tried to ameliorate concerns, saying that the software manipulation addressed by the most recent recall appeared to require very specific and extensive technical knowledge, close physical access to an affected car and lots of time to write code.

The company assured its customers that no defect has been found and promised to conduct the announced campaign out of an abundance of caution. According to media reports, the latest recall was announced just before a 3-day Labor Day weekend in the United States and was much smaller than the 1.4 million vehicle recall following the release of the security bug.

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